Herbst responds to Tesoro's economic development plan

First Selectman Tim Herbst released a statement Friday afternoon in response Town Council member Vicki Tesoro's economic development plan that called for a "new era of growth" in Trumbull, claiming that the first selectman candidate was copying his party's plan.

"I enjoyed reading Mrs. Tesoro's plan because nearly all of it is our plan that we have been implementing for the last six years," he said. "Our efforts to stabilize the tax rate have resulted in the creation of over 800 private sector jobs with 68 new development projects.

"Every Trumbullite that drives around town can see concrete being poured and steel being raised in every section of our community," he added.

Herbst said that Tesoro's plan did not talk about "the most important element in any expanded economic development program."

"Creating a business friendly environment," he said. "Keeping the tax rate stable has allowed us the ability to not only retain but attract new businesses to Trumbull.

"Earlier this year, at a special meeting of the Trumbull Town Council, we discussed the impact of the state budget on Trumbull and the fact that GE was considering leaving the area," he added. "This would adversely harm hundreds of Trumbull families who have a member of their household that work for GE."

He said that Tesoro was one of only two Town Council members to defend Governor Malloy's budget.

"This is a budget that adversely harms Trumbull families," the first selectman explained. "We cannot grow our local economy if our elected leaders in Hartford pursue policies that inhibit and in fact harm our efforts to retain and attract business.

"Sometimes you have to put your community ahead of your party and that clearly didn't happen in this instance."